San Francisco Pride
National LGBT Pride season is in full swing, and there’s no shortage of Pride festivals to choose from; from nearby Savannah to as far away as San Francisco—there’s plenty of opportunity to celebrate the beauty, strength and resilience of our community. We’ve compiled a list of major Pride events across the U.S. through November, while highlighting a few that are within driving distance or a quick flight away. So take it all in and then get out and show your Pride!
It doesn’t get any bigger than San Francisco Pride. This year’s theme is “For Racial and Economic Equality.” Now in its 46th year, the two-day event will boast over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors along with twenty community run stages and venues. The parade kicks off on Sunday, June 26 in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Georgia-born actor Randy Harrison (“Queer As Folk”) is also scheduled to appear.
Beale Street in Memphis is a tourist’s dream—soul food, the FedEx Forum and live music, but one day out of the year the annual Pride Festival and Parade takes over the beloved strip. More than 9,000 attendees show up to enjoy musicians, bands, speakers and dance performances. This year, MidSouth Pride will host the inaugural ‘GAYLa’—a black-tie event to give participants a chance to get “dolled up” and to enjoy friendship and community.
By DARIAN AARON